Locally, both the University of Charleston and West Virginia State are starting to fare better. UC is now third in the West Virginia Conference, behind West Liberty and Alderson-Broaddus, at 6-2 in league play and 11-3 overall. State is in eighth place within the 15-team conference at 4-4 and is 6-6 overall.
One program to keep an eye on, though, is WVU Tech. Before Tuesday night's game against Southern Virginia, the Golden Bears made a statement with back-to-back victories over two ranked NAIA teams: No. 14 Lindsey Wilson and former No. 12 University of the Cumberlands. Tech also beat then-No. 17 Catharine College earlier in the season.
Also, don't forget Mountain State University of Beckley, which defeated Tech at the end of last month. Bob Bolen's team is 11-5 and ranked No. 11 nationally. And, before you ask, yes, ex-WVU recruit David Nyarsuk is still with the Cougars. He's fifth on the team in scoring, averaging 8.8 points.
The University of Charleston defeated Glenville handily at Eddie King gym on Monday, but there's reason for optimism for the losing Pioneers: new assistant coach and former WVU standout Joe Mazzulla.
If GSC head coach Stephen Dye is seeking help landing in-state talent, it won't hurt to have Mountaineer fan favorite Mazzulla as a recruiter.
"He's doing great," Dye said of Mazzulla. "He's a hard worker and really passionate about basketball.
"He definitely has a well-known name. Playing in the Final Four, he has name recognition. We've already gained a few possible recruits we otherwise wouldn't have."
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